Putting Together The Perfect Summer Internship Outfit
If you’ve wound up here, reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you landed that summer internship—congratulations! We know you’re going to do and learn great things with this totally unevaluable and exciting opportunity! If you’re like most, you’ve probably already started stressing; one of the most common things that first-time summer interns worry about is following the company’s dress code with the clothes radially available in their wardrobe. If this is a concern of yours, you’re at the right place. Below you’ll learn some handy information to help you put together the perfect summer internship outfit. Good luck, you got this!
Many interns struggle with the idea that their personal style is being taken away or muted when they take an internship position or beginning a career. One thing to keep in mind is that—even when given a dress code, such as business casual—rules will always vary from one office to the next. Those working in a creative field, such as art or journalism, may find that rules of dress are much more lenient, compared to someone working in a more professional field, such as sales or management. There are always going to be ways to incorporate your personal style into any dress code; what’s most important is that you present yourself as clean and put together, looking and feeling confident.
Speaking of confidence, one of the best parts of summer is pulling out your shorts after they’ve been untouched for months, and showing off your legs. In the summers prior, it’s likely that you slipped into shorts almost every morning, but now that you’ll be interning, this won’t exactly be the case. This is an instance when it becomes important to take cues from others in the office. That is, notice how the majority of others dress; it’s important to get a good feel for the style culture of your office before making the decision to wear shorts.
While shorts are a tricky decision when putting together a summer internship outfit, skirts, dresses, and tank tops can also come up in question. Again, pay attention to what others are wearing. There are a few things that you should always keep in mind with these four clothing items. First, whatever summer piece you choose, be sure that it is fitted and flattering, but not skin-tight. Next, unless you’re interning at a gym or other fitness office, avoid athletic wear; it may be comfy but it could send an “I’m a lazy college student” message to higher-ups. Finally, always be sure that you’re making appropriate choices. Dresses, skirts, and shorts should be an appropriate length and tank tops should not be next-to-nothing. If you’re not sure about a particular clothing piece, as a friend or parent, you could even run it by your supervisor the day before. Above all else, you should want to present yourself in a professional manner that syncs with the company’s culture.